Col. Herbert A Million (ret. USAF), 85, Santa Maria, Calif., died Dec. 12, 2013.
He was a Santa Maria resident since 1989, born in Berry, Ky. on Jan. 25, 1928 to Harry and Geneva Million.
He is survived by his sister, Marinanne Smiley; his wife, Mary Kathleen Million (nee Borders); his children, Lisa Million Horowitz, Jay Million, Kody Million Eakin and Kelly Grady; his grandchildren, Geneva Million, Spencer Kent, Mary Kate Grady, Dylan Kent, Savannah Million and Claire Grady; loved his step grandchildren as his own and is also survived by Benjamin, Hannah and Dylan Eakin, and Taylor Horowitz.
He was distinguished by a 25 year career as an officer in the United States Air Force. When he retired in 1976, he was Commander of Global Weather stationed in Offutt Air Base in Omaha, Neb., was decorated over a dozen times for his service, including the Bronze Star
. His innovative work in computerizing weather monitoring, advanced more accurate forecasting to be considered in military strategy.
After his military service, he continued on in the field of Aerospace and held leadership positions with Ford Aerospace and Unisys before retiring to Santa Maria, Calif. He spent his retirement in his workshop creating beautiful furniture for his family, playing golf, enjoying his time with the Men's Newcomers Club, the Santa Maria Elks and the Gourmet Club. He traveled extensively during that time with his beloved wife of 63 years, Mary Kathleen (Kathy), and loved any excuse for a family get-together. He had a wonderful life and will be remembered, and truly missed, by all who knew him.